Kohistan—In a fatal road accident in Kohistan District of Pakistan, 15 people were reported dead on Thursday morning. According to detail a passenger bus travelling from Rawalpindi to Skardu plunged into a swift gully near Kamila, Kohistan, some 100Km from Gilgit city.
21 passengers are injured and some of them have been shifted to hospitals in Abbottabad.
The accident took place around 3.00 AM in the morning and rescue efforts are underway.
It is hardly possible to talk about politics in Pakistan without mentioning religion. It is altogether impossible to talk about religion without mentioning the role of Army in religious affairs. The funny thing is: there are very few practicing religious military men in Pakistan. Even the children of military officers go to mosques mostly for Friday prayer only— it is an intriguing paradox. Read more about Kohistan Carnage — the first mishap between now and later [Editorial]
The News of Kohistan Carnage has reached thousands of national and international newspapers and media outlets. The incident has shocked the people of Gilgit-Balistan and severely damaged the image of the region internationally. The peaceful region of Gilgit-Baltistan known for its culture, natural serenity, gigantic mountains and great environmental grandeur has now hit the newsstands with a sad detail. Below are some of the excerpts from newspaper that discussed the carnage of Kohistan, a mountainous district of Pakistan
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Tuesday's attack in Kohistan in which gunmen killed 18 shias after ordering them off a bus on the Islamabad-Gilgit route.
The secretary general extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the 'abhorrent attack,' as well as to the government of Pakistan, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. "The United Nations stands by Pakistan in its efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism and extremism, which continues to claim the lives of so many Pakistanis," the statement added. Read more about UN Secretary General Condemns Kohistan Carnage
Kohistan: Karakuram Highway (KKH) was blocked by the agitators at Pattan. Hundreds of people from adjoining settlements in Kohistan area gathered at Pattan to stage a protest against the power disruptions in the region.
The protesters chanted anti government slogans and bewailed the authorities for their inefficiency and carelessness. The protest was staged after several appeals to the Peshwar Electric Supply Corporation (PESCO)– by the notables – for immediate resumption of the power supply. But the work on the transformers remained in abeyance. The electricity has been suspended for several months and the authorities told that 6 of the transformers are out of order.